Youth & Teens
Welcome to the Phoenix Nest!
In workshops, we'll explore how to bring the magic into everyday lives by tuning into nature, creating magical tools from natural and recycled materials, storytelling, chanting, and more! The tools, lessons, and adventures explored in the Phoenix Nest provide a foundation for weaving magic, spirit, and wonder into the everyday.
Kids ages 3 and up are welcome to come enjoy and learn in our realm. Our program runs concurrent with the adult program. And don't forget, kids under 11 get FREE admission!
PARENTS DON'T FORGET...
Please also remember that this is a free program that is dependent on volunteers. If you are using the program, we ask that you serve 2 hours per family in the program.
Volunteer opportunities include: setting up kids’ space, clean up, helping with a class, or providing materials as a donation.
Friday Night Ritual
There will be a very spirited, youth led community ritual on Friday night at Phoenix Phyre Please come prepared to immerse yourself in this experience!
Children of the Phoenix Nest will be guided through activities in growth and be encouraged to explore the beauty of the world around them in hands on workshops, crafts, and many other adventures.
The tools, lessons, and adventures explored in the Phoenix Nest provide a foundation for weaving magic, spirit, and wonder into the everyday. Kids, ages 3 and up, are welcome to come enjoy and learn in our realm. Our program runs concurrent with the adult program.
Stop in to say hey and help us set up the magical nest for all the upcoming adventures
10:00 am: Creating Sacred Space - An interactive adventure in altar creation. We will start with a nature walk to find interesting natural altar items. With the found objects, magical art and items of importance we will build altars dedicated to the four elements for use in the Friday night ritual for the community.
11:00 am: Recycling with Ms. Dee
1:00 pm: Making Masks with Kristin
3:00 pm: Cakes & Ale - kids' style. Kids are encourage to attend this Kool-aide and cookies social.
10:00 am: Ritual Planning part 1 - Learn about ritual construction and help build the ritual to present to the community Friday night.
1:00 pm: Ritual Planning part 2 - Finalize the ritual for Friday night, create custom chants, determine costuming. Mama Gina the bard will be participating in this workshop to sing and to make music.
3:00 pm: Ritual Practice - Not-quite-dress rehearsal. Practice the ritual we've created including props, custom chants and spoken lines. Costumes not required for practice.
5:30 pm: Meet at Phoenix Nest tent for Ritual costuming and face paint.
6:30 pm: Friday Night Ritual presented by the Phoenix Nest. All community members are encouraged to support our youth.
10:00 am: Parade
1:00 pm: Crafting with Poppa John. Kids will make a clay Green Man figure and learn about this ancient God. And, Intermediate Poi with Tony.
3:00 pm: Learn the basics of poi with Tony for beginners & Origami with Skylar.
Utility Knotwork - Thursday 1:00 pm
Knots are a very special intersection of the practicality, aesthetic beauty, geometry, and spiritual force. This workshop will teach a few of the most useful knots - very handy in camp! We will learn how to fuse synthetic rope to prevent fraying, discuss different rope types, and begin learning to tie selections from the following: Overhand Knot, Figure Eight Knot, Square Knot, Bowline, Clove Hitch, Trucker's Hitch, and Taughtline Hitch. Materials will be provided. Additional instruction and practice opportunities available throughout the festival.
Decorative Knotwork - Friday 1:00 pm
Knots are a very special intersection of the practicality, aesthetic beauty, geometry, and spiritual force. This workshop will teach two interesting and relatively easy decorative ties: the Carrick Bend and the Cobra Knot. Practice materials will be provided, bring your own cord if desired - the cobra knot can be used to make a bracelet if desired. Additional instruction and practice opportunities available throughout the festival.
Machine Spirits - Saturday 1:00 pm
Most people (or at least most festival goers!) are familiar with the concept of spirits of the air, water, plants, stones, etc; and practically everyone knows something about animal and human spirits. However, what about the other things we share our world and our lives with? We will discuss machine and technology spirits, arguably the most prevalent in our lives, and the most helpful, long-suffering, and under-appreciated of all.
*All times Pagan Standard Time in the Teen Area.
If you have something to share, to teach or want to help, please let them know! Please take the time to check out our teen program and encourage our youth, for one day they will be leaders of our community!
Laura is an intuitive eclectic witch whose own practice mostly revolves around the Norse pantheon. Her creative, playful spirit seeks to embrace the beauty, magick, wonder and awe surrounding us all. She loves working with youth because they are naturally brimming with the knowledge of wonder, magick and joy. Being able to serve the future of our community as an encourager of exploration, guider of growth, and inspiration of imagination is an honor beyond words.
Glen, an adherent to the path of the Machine Spirit, is a huge nerd and provider of the “Luxury Gaming Facility” at Phoenix Festivals. The “Luxury Gaming Facility” is available from “breakfast -dinner” for Magic: The Gathering and board games, with a break at 1pm for workshops. After dinner - 1am the “Luxury Gaming Facility” runs an ongoing Dungeons and Dragons (3.5 / Pathfinder) campaign.